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Ekaterina
Ekaterina is from the small town of Ozurgeti. She is 22 years old, married, and lives with her husband, an infant child and her mother-in-law. Ekaterina’s husband works as a distributor, and her mother-in-law is an actress. Both of those family members get small monthly salaries. The income is hardly enough to cover even food and everyday expenses for the family.

Ekaterina requested a loan from local financial institutions several times for starting a trading business, but without any success. Her loan request was rejected all the time because of her low income and the lack of experience in her job, which is usually demanded by the local credit providers.

Her loan request was approved in the framework of a new joint initiative of Kiva and Credo. The start-up loan program envisages provision of business start-up and re-startup credits with soft conditions to the country's rural poor, who do not have access to credit products, being regarded as “high risk borrowers” because of low income.

With a family-owned car, Ekaterina will purchase kitchen utensils and different kinds of household items in Turkey for wholesale prices and resell them in her town and nearby villages for a profit. It will be hard work for Ekaterina, but according to estimations, her business will be profitable and increase the income of the family. The increased profit will be reinvested in the trading business to increase her stock and sales volume. The family members will be able to increase their spending to satisfy their daily needs in order to improve their living conditions.

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This loan is part of Credo's startup loan program targeting particularly vulnerable clients who live at the subsistence level and have been unable to obtain credit due to lack of income from an existing business. This program offers them a longer repayment term and an annual interest rate that is 5% lower than the standard interest rate. By funding this loan, you are supporting a program that gives borrowers a second chance to start and grow small businesses. This has the potential to alleviate the effects of poverty, significantly improving borrowers' incomes and their families' quality of life. Learn more about Credo's startup loan program on the Kiva Blog.

About LLC Micro Finance Organization Credo

LLC Credo (Credo) is a microfinance organization in Georgia that provides sustainable credit services to alleviate poverty in rural areas, including business loans, agriculture loans, household loans, crop insurance and more. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to help the organization expand its outreach to even more entrepreneurs, farmers and households in remote areas.

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  • $6,100
    Average annual income
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped Ekaterina to start up a trading business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 26, 2013
Listed
Jan 30, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Mar 17, 2014